The Director of the National Park Service, John Jarvis joined Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, the Cleveland Metroparks and the Greater Cleveland YMCA July 13th at Scranton Flats for a special announcement.
The National Park Service is teaming up with the YMCA and the American Express Foundation to fund Volunteer Coordinator and Americorps Vista positions for two years as part of the Department of Interior’s Play, Learn, Serve, and Work youth Initiative.
The initiative will pair the YMCA of Greater Cleveland with partners such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cleveland Metroparks to link youth with opportunities to engage with and care for our local public lands.
“Play, Learn Serve and Work” will addresses what Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell describes as a “need to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors.“
Cleveland was chosen to participate in the program as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program to combat childhood obesity.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is accessible from Cleveland via a signed bike route using the Towpath Trail and temporary on-road connections. (see map)